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Why what competitions post online matters

Why what competitions post online matters

Cross Country magazine editor Ed Ewing chucks his oar into the murky waters of bikini-gate When I saw the photograph of the woman in the bikini posted on the AirTribune page of the FAI European Paragliding Championships 2016 I winced. It’s clearly meant as a visual low wolf-whistle, not as some artistic paean to the […]

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Manfred Ruhmer wins Hang Gliding Class 2 Pre-Worlds 2016

Manfred Ruhmer wins Hang Gliding Class 2 Pre-Worlds 2016

Many times world champion, Manfred Ruhmer, won the Hang Gliding Class 2 Pre-Worlds, which finished on 8 August 2016 at Aspres sur Buech, France. Although a convincing win at the end, Ruhmer was challenged early on, losing the first task to Switzerland’s Roger Ruppert. In second place was Jacques Bott from the host club, Adpul, […]

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Flymaster tracker: reduced price for early subscribers

Flymaster tracker: reduced price for early subscribers

Flymaster will soon be shipping their new tracker. The sturdy, water-resistant unit can be used for multiple activities. It offers worldwide coverage, second-by-second resolution and a “huge” battery life. For a limited time it’s available at a discounted price: €99 with a two-year contract and a €4.99 monthly subscription charge (“Fixed plan”); or €149 with no contract and €3.99/ month (“Flexible plan”) – […]

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European Paragliding Championships 2016: 8-20 August

European Paragliding Championships 2016: 8-20 August

The European Paragliding Championships 2016 runs from 8-20 August 2016 and takes place in Krushevo, Macedonia. Some 145 pilots from 29 countries will compete for title of overall European Champion, as well as Nations and Women’s categories. Follow all the action, including rules, tasks, pilots, teams, day reports, photos and video, through the Airtribune website: […]

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Christian Ciech wins Hang Gliding Europeans 2016

Christian Ciech wins Hang Gliding Europeans 2016

Christian Ciech won the FAI European Hang Gliding Championships in Krushevo, Macedonia, which finished on Saturday after two weeks of competition. Ciech was only a whisker ahead of his Italian teammate Alex Ploner, winning by a mere 30 points out of an 8,000 point competition. The competition saw eight tasks of between 85.1km and 145.7km. […]

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Antoine Girard breaks 8,100m in Karakoram

Antoine Girard breaks 8,100m in Karakoram

Antoine Girard has broken the 8,000m mark in high-altitude cross-country paragliding, soaring Broad Peak, the world’s 12th highest mountain, in a seven hour flight on Saturday 23 July 2016. According to US adventure pilot Brad Sander, who lives in Pakistan and supplied Antoine with oxygen, Antoine climbed through cloudbase at 6,500m and then soared and […]

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Filmmakers crowdfunding paragliding film on Bir

Filmmakers crowdfunding paragliding film on Bir

Filmmakers in India are crowd-funding what looks like a stunning documentary on paragliding in Bir, India. Filmed over nine months the production team are looking to raise €4,000 to help finish the project. They have raised €670 so far. Find out more here

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Podcast: Gavin McClurg on the 750km Alaska Traverse

Podcast: Gavin McClurg on the 750km Alaska Traverse

Cross Country magazine’s editor Ed Ewing talks to vol-biv adventurer Gavin McClurg about his 750km Alaska expedition in the latest Cloudbase Mayhem podcast. Gavin is a regular contributor to Cross Country magazine, and writes a column for the magazine every other month. A veteran podcaster, in the past year he’s interviewed some of the top […]

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Mastering Paragliding – by Kelly Farina

Mastering Paragliding – by Kelly Farina

Mastering Paragliding by Kelly Farina is the latest book from our book publishing arm. Kelly has been a paragliding guide for 15 years and was on the comp scene for a decade too. A labour of love for Kelly it’s been a three year project for him – and that was before he handed over […]

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Ozone announce release of the Zeno

Ozone announce release of the Zeno

Ozone have announced the forthcoming release of the much-anticipated Zeno. The two-liner fits in between the CCC-class Enzo, and the EN-D Mantra series of wings in their range. Hugh Miller made the sneak-preview video of a prototype being flown by Russ Ogden during the North South Cup in the UK in May. The Zeno is a […]

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U-Turn announce low-B hike-and-fly Annapurna

U-Turn announce low-B hike-and-fly Annapurna

U-Turn have added a new low-end B hike-and-fly wing to their range. It’s called the Annapurna. It’s the little sibling of their “climbers’ glider”, the Everest, and designed for a broader spectrum of pilots. U-Turn’s Multiple Speed System (MSS) has a second pulley on the accelerator, meaning speedbar travel can be shortened and turning the Annapurna into an LTF-A wing that […]

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Report: British Paramotor Championships 2016

Report: British Paramotor Championships 2016

Michel Carnet won the 2016 British Paramotor Championships, ahead of Mark Morgan and Ric Womersley. Paul Smith and Jamie Goodridge report from the event, which took place in Swindon, UK, at the end of June.  The British Open Paramotor Championships 2016 were held this year on farmland in Swindon between the 25th and 28th June in […]

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Record 226km task in Chelan at US Paragliding Nationals

Record 226km task in Chelan at US Paragliding Nationals

More than 60 pilots made a 226km goal at the US Paragliding Nationals in Chelan on Friday 15 July 2016, making it the longest successful competition paragliding task ever flown. Josh Cohn (US) topped the table, placing first with a super-quick time of 4h29:32. Getting to goal first but placing second behind Cohn because of […]

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Icaro replace Energy 2 harness with new Aix

Icaro replace Energy 2 harness with new Aix

The Aix replaces Icaro’s Energy 2 harness. It’s a traditional no-pod style with a polycarbonate seat board, designed for beginners, recreational and cross-country pilots. It’s made from lighter but more robust materials than the Energy 2, with a 17cm foam protector and T-locking buckles for safety. The underseat reserve has a right-hand-side handle and the harness […]

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Alex Mateos, European Paramotor Slalom Champion

Alex Mateos, European Paramotor Slalom Champion

Alex Mateos won the second FAI European Slalom Paramotor Championships which were held in Cadiz, Spain in June.  Wojciech Bogdal and Bartosz Nowicki of Poland were second and third. Alex took gold in the individual footlaunch, individual trike, and in the relay racing team with his teammates Nicolas Aubert, Jérémy Penone and Francois Blanc. Read the FAI’s write-up of the […]

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Phantom: Nova’s 99-cell EN-B wing with Triton 2 performance

Phantom: Nova’s 99-cell EN-B wing with Triton 2 performance

Nova have announced a wing that they say ushers in a “new era of paragliding”. The 99-cell Phantom is certified EN B and has the modest aspect ratio of a low-B Ion, but “the performance of a Triton 2”. They say the Phantom’s complex construction gives it such an accurate and efficient profile that its performance is leaps […]

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Neo update String paraglider harness

Neo update String paraglider harness

Neo have updated their ultralight String paragliding and speed flying harness, making it even lighter and more durable, and improving the leg straps.  It’s made from lightweight Dyneema fabric, with Koroyd /3D mesh technology behind the strong and supple leg pads. Despite its minimalist looks, comfort was a design priority, and Neo say the String is comfortable enough […]

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Skywalk expand their miniwing range with the Tonka2 S

Skywalk expand their miniwing range with the Tonka2 S

  Skywalk have brought out a larger version of their Tonka2, their specialist wing for para-alpinists and mountain runners. The new S size has a flat area of 17.5m² (14.76m² projected), which is approximately 3m² bigger than the original. It’s certified EN C, where the original was EN D, and has a wider weight range and slightly less dynamic characteristics. […]

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Honorin Hamard flies record 306km FAI triangle

Honorin Hamard flies record 306km FAI triangle

Current World Champion and Ozone team pilot Honorin Hamard flew a record 306km FAI triangle in the French Alps on 9 July 2016, on an Enzo 2. Honorin, who is currently leading XContest, started his flight with Luc Armant and friends at 9:28am from Col Agnel in the Cottian Alps west of Monte Viso. He first […]

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PXP Paramotor release Nimble trike

PXP Paramotor release Nimble trike

PXP Paramotor have unveiled their new lightweight trike, the Nimble.  PXP say the tig-welded stainless steel trike is simple and practical and fits any paramotor. It can be built easily, as the video shows, and dismantled in five minutes. The company say it’s suitable for pilots from 50kg to 200kg+, and can be adjusted to suit different […]

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